The chidminder was subsequently fired and some of the video footage was handed over to the police.
In another incident , The Huffington Post reports that when parents of a 7-month-old girl noticed that she was acting strangely they decided to install a servaillance camera , with shocking results. “Surveillance footage recorded by suspicious parents allegedly shows their nanny suffocating their infant, carrying her by the head and throwing her into the crib.”
The childminder was arrested.
A few years back, longislandpress.com reported that a nanny was caught on camera repeatedly drugging a 4 month old baby in her care with potentially dangerous medicine to make the child sleep.
All these horror stories show that now and then parents do entrust the care of their children into the wrong hands. These news reports have a vital lesson for all parents who choose to employ a nanny or a child minder. The parents mentioned above were very observant and were able to detect something was wrong by studying their babies’ behaviour.
Because small children are defenseless I think it is up to every parent do everything (legal of course) to protect their children.
Setting up your Nanny cam
The website eyetek.co.uk recommends that for the nanny cam to be effective it has to be placed secretly in a room or rooms where the child spends most of the time.
The website suggests that before you buy a nanny cam you should decide whether you want to record the footage or view real time on an electronic device such as a computer or mobile phone. It is recommended that you use a codeless camera that transmits video and audio to a receiver placed in a nearby room. The camera can be hidden in various items around the home.
Where to buy
In South Africa there are various companies that sell surveillance cameras for parents to choose from.
To spy or not to spy
Every parent has to make their own decision as to whether to install a Nanny cam or not. If in doubt or employing a new helper it’s advisable to have one. The camera can then be removed once you’re sure your child is safe.
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